A Tailgate Powered by ENMAX

We are so lucky at Kids Up Front to work with so many amazing community partners, who exude passion for their work, passion for their community, and passion for our programs. With the help of many hands and hearts at ENMAX, their staff and volunteers threw a VIP tailgate party for 150 of our kids and families on Saturday October 13, as the Calgary Stampeders battled the BC Lions. Thank you to our partners at the Calgary Stampeders Football Club and ENMAX who helped dream, create and deliver this amazing event at McMahon Stadium.

This event was VIP all the way, with return-chartered bus transportation for each guest, a barbeque, beverages, and swag bags to get the cheering started in style. Cow bells, foam fingers, and footballs were all the rage as the party got started. Faces were airbrushed with the Stampeders’ logo and kids lined up for the custom cotton candy station manned by none other than Prince Charming and Ariel.

The Disney princess lineup was complete with Moana, Cinderella and Elsa! Our tiny guests got to visit with each princess as long as they wished and concoct cotton candy in whatever flavor they desired. One little girl could not stop screaming as she greeted each princess with hugs and peppered them with questions. For her, this day was truly magical as her storybook heroes came to life.

For other little fans, football was at the top of their mind and they eagerly posed for photos with their face paint and competed in the football toss. Perhaps some future quarterbacks were in our lineup!

Guests could receive a beautiful family photo in the ENMAX photo booth, and then take their seats for the game. For many, this was their first experience in a stadium, and their first football game! Some of our guests were newcomers to Canada, and our weather did deliver quite a Western Canadian experience with flurries, clouds and cooler temperatures. This did not dampen spirits, however, and the kids enjoyed the delight and excitement when our Stamps scored a touchdown and a “real horse” blazed down the sidelines!

It was a pleasure to work alongside the ENMAX crew to ensure each guest felt special and enjoyed themselves at an exclusive family friendly tailgate party, that included all the extras. We could not have asked for more.

Thank you, Scott Bentley, of the Calgary Stampeders, for leading the event that day, and putting so much passion into everything you do for our kids and families. It truly was a team effort, and I know everyone put a lot of time into making it extra special for our kids. This did not go unnoticed. Thank you.

ENMAX, thank you for investing in our kids and our community!

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